Primary Duties: Provides comprehensive school health services to students in assigned schools: professional nursing assessment, appropriate nursing care and medical referrals, and follow-up of identified problems. The school nurse serves as a liaison between the home, school, community, and healthcare providers.
Reports To: Principal
- Performs health appraisals of students, including complete health history, screening activities (vision, dental, hearing, scoliosis, height, weight, blood pressure, developmental neurological) and physical assessment for early identification of potential health problems which would impede a child’s educational performance and progress;
- Implements referrals and follow-up for identified deficiencies for promotion of early corrections to allow students to function to their optimal potential;
- Provides emergency and temporary care for the sick and injured, and administers skilled nursing care for pupils as indicated and special treatments as prescribed by a medical provider;
- Screens pupil health records to identify chronic health problems, health status and immunization status;
- Provides case management activities and develops/implements plan of care for students with chronic diseases who require specialized nursing care/monitoring at school;
- Makes home visits to discuss health concerns and needs of students with parents and to promote family involvement;
- Assists parents in obtaining necessary medical evaluations by referral to existing community resources. Refers to appropriate agencies for financial assistance. Assists/facilitates assistance with transportation on a limited basis;
- Participates in Medicaid billing activities specifically related to skilled nursing, health assistant services, and EPSDTs. Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, nursing assessments, development of plans of care, participation in IEP committees, documentation of services and supervision and training of non-licensed school board employees who provide health assistive care;
- Utilizes community resources effectively in helping to meet the health needs of students: health and social service agencies, mental health professionals, private physicians and other medical care providers;
- Provides individual health education and health counseling to students, parents, and school personnel regarding health concerns and issues;
- Provides health education and resource materials to students in the classroom on general health, fitness, nutrition, dental care, personal hygiene, self-esteem, substance abuse, Family Life Education, and other topics in a comprehensive health education curriculum as schedule allows;
- Provides mandated and needed in-services/training for parents and faculties;
- Serves as a resource person to teachers and administrators in the control of communicable disease, in suspected cases of child abuse and neglect and in interpretation of local and state health policies and requirements. Consults with local health department as necessary;
- Participates as the health professional on the school’s Student Support team, and interdisciplinary team to evaluate students with learning and school difficulties. Participates in Child Study, Eligibility, and other school committees relating to health and safety as schedule permits;
- Assist with the development of 504 plans;
- Serve as the primary contact for employees who have experienced a work related accident and/or injury;
- Works cooperatively with other members of the school staff;
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Certification/Licensure: Must be licensed in the State of Virginia as an LPN or RN.
- Previous school experience preferred, not required.